I narrowed my books down to these choices because you can learn something valuable from each of them. Whether it be how to see another cultures perspective, how to embrace a minimalistic yet rewarding life, or just sparking a sense of adventure. I made it a goal for the new year to not only read more, but to learn something new everyday. Let these books inspire you, motivate you, teach you something new.
1. Into the Wild -Jon Krakauer
Head out for a camping adventure and retrace the steps of Christopher McCandless on his journey across North America and his experiences alone in the Alaskan wilderness. His story truly sparks a sense of adventure and a reminder that the little adventures add up to one beautiful story of life. You don’t need fancy cars and a luxury life to be happy, just a positive outlook and good company. As Alexander Supertramp would say, “Happiness is only real when shared”.
Read if you have an overwhelmed or stressed mindset and are looking for some lifestyle changes
2. Things Fall Apart -Chinua Achebe
Achebe tells a beautiful story of a wealthy and respected warrior of the Umuofia clan, Okonkwo. Achebe demonstrates the importance of what it means to tell a story about a culture and the effects of colonialism in Africa. Okonkwo’s story filled Achebe’s novel while the colonist simply reduced his story to a sentence or paragraph.
Read if you are wanting to be a travel writer or Instagrammer… learn to see all perspectives of a culture, not just the touristy parts
3. Between the World and Me- Ta-Nehisi Coates
This a incredibly written letter from a father to his son. Coates describes what it really means to be a African-American living in America. Although slavery seems to be decades ago, their culture and people are still suffering everyday because of racial profiling, racism, and the “war on drugs.”
Read if you are wanting to see a perspective on the importance of Black Lives Matter
4. Night- Elie Wiesel
It is crazy to think a Holocaust memoir would need to be relevant in 2018, but the stories of the victims desperately need to be remembered. Trump’s ideology promotes racist, sexist, and just horribly unacceptable behavior towards others that is creating a massive divide in the country and the world. Listen to Elie Wiesel’s story and remember it the next time to you see an injustice.
Just read it!
5. On the Road- Jack Kerouac
Read this American classic that inspired so many incredible artists like Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. Kerouac encouraged Americans to abandon the idea of the so-called “American Dream” and experience a life of adventure and frugality. Kerouac once said, “‘You know, this is a really beat generation’ … ‘More than mere weariness, it implies the feeling of having been used, of being raw. It involves a sort of nakedness of mind, and ultimately, of soul: a feeling of being reduced to the bedrock of consciousness. In short, it means being undramatically pushed up against the wall of oneself.”
Read if you love American classics with a twist
I am always on the hunt for new books, so please let me know in the comments what your favorite books have been this year so far!